Optical coherence tomography findings in niacin maculopathy

Hatem Marwan Dajani, Andreas Katsuya Lauer

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Case report: We present the case of 54-year-old male who developed bilateral cystoid macular thickening while taking 3 g of niacin per day, and we describe the optical coherence tomography (OCT) features of niacin (nicotinic acid) maculopathy. Comments: Cystoid spaces were seen in both the outer plexiform and inner nuclear layers of both eyes. The cystoid spaces were largest and central in the outer plexiform layer, whereas a broader distribution of smaller cysts was seen in the inner nuclear layer. With cessation of niacin, his vision improved and the OCT features normalized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-200
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006


  • Cystoid macular edema
  • Drug-induced ocular side effects
  • Maculopathy
  • Niacin (nicotinic acid)
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Retinal edema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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